Loving and Letting Go

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is…

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Three Takeaways from Adam Andrews

by Lynna Sutherland At the HEAV Convention in June, I had the privilege of sitting in on a workshop session by Adam Andrews of the Center for Lit. His talk was entitled “The Socratic Method for Dummies.” It was not…

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Training Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Kerin Morgan In the whole scheme of things, toddler years are very short. But these are the years when the most aggressive training should take place and the ones that should produce the most fruit. Training in these years…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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Preparing the Busy Toddler for the HEAV Convention

by Kyndra Steinmann The annual HEAV Convention is one of the highlights of our school year. It marks the end of regular lessons (although we do usually continue some things through the summer) and the beginning of summer activities. It’s…

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Building a Strong Marriage

Hey, That’s Not Fair! by Hal and Melanie Young Bickering and arguing can drive you crazy, can’t it? Yet our children usually learn to deal with conflict from us. When two sinners marry, sure, there are going to be times…

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Banishing Math Myths: Four Simple Concepts

By Lynna Sutherland I’ve talked to a lot of homeschool moms. And I know that one thing many homeschool moms fear—one area in which they feel uncertain and insufficient—is in math instruction. Sometimes moms fear concepts they themselves do not…

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Literary Education for Homeschool

by Adam Andrews The young writer squirms. It is just as he feared. A vast empty page before him, a clock ticking ominously behind, and nothing to say! The bugaboo “what do I write about?” flits a ghostly flight across…

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Einsteins Connection – Creative Expression

By Jeannie Fulbright Young children tend to beam with pride over their own creations. As homeschooling parents, we delight in every picture they draw, every tower they build–and each new discovery is cause for celebration. Indeed, joy in creative expression,…

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Hidden Power of God in Homeschooling

by Tracy Klicka Mackillop Now and then I pull out an old family photo album and laugh at seeing our kids’ antics when they were little. From their experiments in the kitchen to their elaborate theatrical productions, I love seeing…

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Thinking Outside the Homeschool Box

by Lynna Sutherland You are a homeschool mom. You already think outside the box. You know that you don’t have to do everything the way most people think they are “supposed” to do it. You’ve mentally worked through the issues…

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Help! The Chaos Is Killing My Homeschool!

By Kyndra Steinmann This morning I looked at my desk and decided (yet again) that I needed to spend some time clearing it. Of course, I thought this yesterday, too—and the day before that! Last week, I actually did clear…

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Five Flavors of Homeschooling

by Sonya Shafer Don’t you love to look through recipe websites? I just found a great recipe app for my computer. Now any time I see a recipe I like, I can click and drag it into that app, and…

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Six Tips for Teaching the Value of Work

The “Heavy Work” Brain Reset The children are very excited today. It started snowing around noon and has been coming down steadily for several hours. The weather forecaster reports that it should snow heavily in the early evening and continue…

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Homeschool Mom, Do You Care Too Much?

by Lynna Sutherland All moms feel the weight of responsibility of caring for and raising their children. Homeschool moms also carry the weight of responsibility for their children’s education. It can be an overwhelming burden that causes some homeschool moms…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions- Part 3

In this four-part series, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally ran in the Virginia Home Educator magazine….

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God and the History of Art – Barry Stebbing

By Barry Stebbing “Looking at art is one way of listening to God.” ~ Sister Wendy Beckett Growing up as a student of the fine arts, I assumed that I knew a good deal about art history. As the years…

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Teach Public Speaking: One Essential Skill

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, the homeschool group in Williamsburg/James City County and Charles City Counties in Virginia decided that it would be a good idea to have an annual “Speech Meet.” The idea was that homeschool…

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Sick Days and the Unexpected

This past week was supposed to be one of much accomplishment! Co-op is over for the semester, which gives us an extra day at home, and I had plans to catch up on a couple of things as well as…

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Three Gifts You Can Give Your Children

by Lynna Sutherland ‘Tis the season!  Pinterest, email newsletters, and blogs everywhere are full of gift ideas and wish lists for chlidren. Some folks prefer handmade gifts and some folks would rather shop online. But I have a different kind…

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Teaching Art to Young Children

by Sharon Jeffus When we think of art for preschool and early elementary, we need to think of fun and adventure. Children this age have a short attention span, and we don’t want to bore them or they will disengage….

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Your Homeschool Questions- Part 2

Scheduling, Time Management, and Home Organization In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers has informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally…

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Learning to Read Is Like Learning to Speak

by Kyndra Steinmann Lately the toddler tornado has been experiencing a language explosion! Every day or two she has a new couple of words, and she is constantly trying to string them into phrases and getting frustrated when her attempts…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions – Part I

In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us. The first in a four-part series, this post…

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Ten Things Every Homeschooler Should Remember

by Kathie Morrissey Regardless of how qualified you may or may not feel, the best teacher God can provide for your children is YOU, their parent. As parents, we know our children best, and we love them more than any…

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Preparing the Cozy Winter Homeschool!

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s getting chilly up here in Massachusetts—enough so, that the toddler wanted her hat and shawl this morning when she went out! (Don’t you just love the snuggliness of a bundled up little one!)  We’ve had a…

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